Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Colonoscopy?
(also known as a lower endoscopy)
A: This is a procedure that involves passing a flexible tube into the rectum and through the entire large intestine. This is usually done as an outpatient. It requires intravenous sedation and an adequate preparation to clean the colon. It is important to remember that the directions for the preparation must be followed, as an incomplete preparation may result in sub-optimal visualization of the intestine necessitating repeating the procedure again at a later date. If you have had problems with chronic constipation, please inform the scheduling personnel so that your preparation can be modified. See separate web site link for more information.
Q: What is a Esophagogastroduodenoscopy?
(also known as EGD, upper endoscopy or gastroscopy)
A: This procedure involves passing a small diameter, flexible tube through the mouth into the stomach and upper part of the small intestine. It is usually done as an outpatient and requires intravenous sedation. The usual preparation required is fasting after midnight, unless given additional instructions. Regular medications may be taken with a sip of water. If you have had problems with anesthesia or sedation in the past or have other special medical problems (diabetes), please notify the scheduling staff. See separate web site link for more information.
Q: What is ERCP?
(Endoscopic Retrograde CholangioPancreatogram)
A: This is a very highly specialized test which involves introducing a flexible tube into the mouth and advancing it to the upper part of the small bowel, then passing a catheter through the tube which is placed within the bile ducts. This test involves visualization of the pancreas and bile ducts and is performed for certain problems such as gallstones, pancreatitis or suspected pancreatic masses. See separate web site link for more information.